Who are you calling 'dirty'? Actors' and observers' perceptions of dirty work and implications for taint management Online publication date:: Sat, 24-May-2014
by Charlotte Rayner; Nikola Djurkovic; Darcy McCormack
International Journal of Work Organisation and Emotion (IJWOE), Vol. 6, No. 2, 2014
Abstract: This conceptual article develops the discussion on 'dirty work' from the occupational level of analysis to the task level. The focus is on occupations where dirty work is only a small part of the whole job, thereby exploring a neglected area but one which characterises most employment. A contribution is made in this article to the understanding of the social construction mechanisms involved in dirty work by considering observers' perspective of those undertaking these occasional 'dirty' tasks. An insight is provided to the importance of the management of taint, showing how positive taint management can affect the actors and their observers, mitigating the risk of taint contagion from the task to their occupation. The example of firing employees is used to reveal differences in social stigmatisation attributed by observers of the task to the principal actors - the line manager and human resource practitioner.
Online publication date:: Sat, 24-May-2014
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